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Do You Belong?  Are you qualified for membership in the A.S.M.E.?  [With t.l.s. to Theodore Edison, son of Thomas Alva Edison], A.S.M.E.  ; Ernest Hartford  ;  [Theodore M. Edison]
1 A.S.M.E. ; Ernest Hartford ; [Theodore M. Edison] Do You Belong? Are you qualified for membership in the A.S.M.E.? [With t.l.s. to Theodore Edison, son of Thomas Alva Edison]
New York American Society of Mechanical Engineers 1943 Pamphlet Very Good Oblong Small 8vo 
15 & [1] pages; This pamphlet was designed to answer questions for engineers applying for membership in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. It is well preserved, but unremarkable, as is the formal A.S.M.E. application form which accompanies it. The typed letter on A.S.M.E. stationery dated "January 12, 1943" which also was saved is of real interest, however, because it was sent to Theodore M. Edison, in West Orange, New Jersey. If this surname and place seem familiar, it is no accident -- Theodore Miller Edison, the fourth sone of Thomas A. Edison, was born at Glenmont, the Edison home in Llewellyn Park in West Orange, New Jersey, on July 10, 1898. His famous father was 51 years old when Theodore, his final child, was born. As a youth, Theodore Edison was called "the little laboratory assistant" by the family. He showed an early interest in science and performed many experiments at Glenmont. Thomas Alva Edison said, "Theodore is a good boy, but his forte is mathematics. I am a little afraid. . . he may go flying off into the clouds with that fellow Einstein. And if he does . . . I'm afraid he won't work with me." Thomas had been named after a beloved brother of his mother's, who had just died in the Spanish-American War. Theodore was educated at the Haverford School in Haverford, Pennsylvania, and then Montclair Academy in Montclair, New Jersey. Finally, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from which he earned his physics degree in 1923. Theodore spent 1924 in post-graduate studies at MIT, and the following year he married Anna Maria (Ann) Osterhout, a graduate of Vassar College, whose father was a distinguished professor of Botany at Harvard. Theodore Miller Edison was the only member of the Edison family to graduate from college, but he did defy his father's prediction by going to work for his father's company after marriage. He began as an ordinary lab assistant and worked his way up to technical director of research and engineering for Thomas A. Edison, Inc. In later years, he founded his own company Calibron Industries, Inc. and built his own smaller laboratory in West Orange. Theodore M. Edison earned over 80 patents in his career. Of course, his world-famous father holds more patents than any other American, even 85 years after his 1931 death. He is the namesake of ASME's prestigious Thomas A. Edison Patent Award, which is given annually to a distinguished inventor. In later life, Theodore Edison became noted as an ardent environmentalist, an opponent of the Vietnam War, and an advocate of Zero Population Growth. Theodore also became a close friend and sponsor of Bessie Blount Griffin, who would eventually be recognized as one of the greatest African-American inventors. Griffin, born in 1914, was trained as a physical therapist. She worked with injured soldiers who had lost limbs during WWII and was inspired to invent an electronic feeding tube. She also invented a portable receptacle holder that could be worn around a patient’s neck. The U.S. Veterans Administration was not interested in the first invention, so Bessie Blunt Griffin sold it to the French government. The second invention did receive a U.S. patent in 1951 (Patent Number 2,550,554). She and Theodore Edison became close friends and while in his home she invented the disposable cardboard emesis basin. This invention was also not accepted by the Veterans Administration, so she sold it to Belgium. Theodore Miller Edison lived almost fifty years after receiving this letter and application package from the A.S.M.E. -- dying at age 94 on November 24, 1992 -- the last born, and longest surviving of the children of Thomas Alva Edison. He docketed his receipt of this package from the ASME with a red ink stamp: "REC'D JAN 13 1943." Theodore Edison did complete at least one portion of the elaborate application process; he (using red ink) ranked his interest in the ASME Professional Divisions. Following the directions by picking three of seventeen divisions, Theodore Edison ranked his interests as "1. Production Engineering (underlining his specialties within the division as "Machine Design" and "Production Design;" "2. Applied Mechanics (underlining "Stresses in Structures and Machines," "Vibrations," and Dynamics" as specialties); and "3. Management" (underlining "Product Research" and "Plant Equipment and Layout.") 
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BRUNNENDIAETETIK, Ammon, Friedrich August von
2 Ammon, Friedrich August von BRUNNENDIAETETIK
Leipzig Weidmann 1841 Fourth Edition Hardcover Very Good 16mo 
xvi, 256 pages; Anweisungen zum zweckmässigen Gebrauche der Gesundbrunnen und Mineralbäder Deutschlands. Contemporary (publisher's?) plum-colored ribbed cloth, spine lettered in gilt, pale yellow endpapers. Minor insect damage to a smalll portion of the spine, rubbing to the tail of the spine, otherwise a clean and sound copy of this scarce little guide to the mineral waters and spas of Germany. Vierte Auflage. This same fourth edition is the only one to appear in the OCLC World Catalogue (3 locations only). ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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De la Generation des Vers dans le Corps de l'Homme - Tome Second (only), Andry de Bois-Regard, Nicolas
3 Andry de Bois-Regard, Nicolas De la Generation des Vers dans le Corps de l'Homme - Tome Second (only)
Paris La Veuve Alix : Lambert & Durand 1741 Third Edition Full Leather Very Good 12mo 
Vol. 2; De la nature et des especes de cette maladie; des moyens de s'en preserver et de la guerir. Troisiemme edition, considérablement augmentée, & formant un ouvrage nouveau. Volume 2 only. Contents clean and tight in contemporary 18th century full mottled calf binding with five raised bands at spine and extensive gilt decorative stamping in compartments, leather titles label at spine with gilt lettering, marbled endpapers, all edges red. Leather beginning to split at hinge, but text still securely bound, wear at corners and spine ends. Bibliotheca Walleriana, 417; Heirs of Hippocrates, 451. Nicolas Andry de Bois-Regard (1658 – 1742) was a French physician and writer. He played a significant role in the early history of both parasitology and orthopedics. This work,considered the first text on parasitology, is an account of Andry's experiments with the microscope, building on the earlier work of van Leeuwenhoek. Unlike Leeuwenhoek, Andry's experiments led him to believe that the microorganisms he called "worms" were responsible for smallpox and other diseases. He was among the first physicians to discount the notion of spontaneous generation and put forth the notion that disease entered the body from outside sources, in some cases foods. 
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GEREFORMEERDE DYCK - RECHTEN VAN THIELRE ENDE BOMMELRE - WEERDEN, Anonymous
4 Anonymous GEREFORMEERDE DYCK - RECHTEN VAN THIELRE ENDE BOMMELRE - WEERDEN
Arnhem By Die Weduwe Van Joh: Frederick Hagen 1683 Hardcover Very Good 4to 
100 pages; Small 4to: Unpaginated -- 50 leaves. At the end, there is a separately paginated appendix -- "Contract Over het opmaaken van doorgebrooke Dihken in Boemelerweerd, waervan mentie word gemaekt Cap. XVI. Van de Gereformeerde Dihkrechten ..." 7 & [1, blank] pp. Uncut, in contemporary pattern-printed paper covered boards, backed with dark red sheep. The spine is rubbed (much color is lost) -- and the main text is printed on paper which shows considerable browning throughout. (The 8-page appendix at the end is not affected by this browning) . A scarce book about the laws concerning dykes and their consequences. There is a small slip of paper with a single word pasted over another word on the bottom line of the recto of K1.; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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PHARMACOPOEA BORUSSICA, Anonymous
5 Anonymous PHARMACOPOEA BORUSSICA
Berolini [Berlin] Rudolphus Decker 1846 Hardcover Very Good Square 8vo 
xiv, [2], 312 pages; Contemporary half plum-colored diced calf (or roan leather) , over pattern-printed boards, flat spine paneled with pairs of gilt rules, title lettered in gilt in the second panel. Plain endpapers moderately foxed, as are the first and last few leaves -- most of the text has only light scattered foxing and faint browning to a few leaves. Sixth revised edition of this important Prussian parmacopoea, first published in 1799. See Schelenz 728: [Schlelenz, Geschichte der Pharmazie -- "Gegenüber der editio quinta von 1829 erweitert, neu gegliedert (nämlich alphabetisch) und mit in Teilen neuen Benennungen] ; Adlung/Urdang 333. Apart from a brief introduction in German, signed by Friedrich Wilhelm [IV, King of Prussia] , the text is in Latin. Following a Prefatio and a single leaf m "Pondera" -- the main alphabetically organized text follows (pp. 1-270) . Next, there is a list of reagents ["Reagentia"] followed by four important tables: [Tabula A: Praeparata Indicans, Quae Pharmacopolae Emere Licet; Tabula B: Medicamenta Exhibens, Vulgo Venena Dicta, Quae In Locis Seclusis Asservanda Sunt; Tabula C: Medicamenta Sistens A Reliquis Separanda; and Tabula D: Exhibens Doses Medicamentorum Maximas Pro Adulto, Ultra Quas Medicus Pro Usu Interno Ne Praescribat Nisi Addito Signo. ] Next, a list of specific measures of liquid medications: [Pondera Specifica Medicamentorum Liquidorum, Quae In Revisionibus Officinarum Exploranda Sunt]. At the end are three useful comparative indices, [of ancient names with modern equivalents, alternate names for medications, and the German names and the page references in the main text: -- "Comparatio Nominum Antiquorum Et Nunc Usitatorum; Index Nominum Et Synonymorum Medicamentorum; and Index Nominum Germanicorum. "] This well-preserved copy has the tiny printed booklabel of Louis Dauber -- (a German-trained pharmacist who emigrated to Illinois and opened a pharmacy in 1853 in Mascoutah. The Dauber pharmacy is still in business, now in its fifth generation of Daubers. An interesting specimen of German emigration to the American midwest in the years immediately following the upheaval of 1848, and an important book in its field. Keywords Medicine Pharmacy Pharmacopoea Pharmacopoeia Drugs Chemistry Louis Dauber Mascoutah IL Germans in America Prussia Prussian Science; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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6 Anonymous PHARMACOPOEA BORUSSICA
Berolini [Berlin] Rudolphus Decker 1846 Hardcover Very Good Square 8vo 
xiv, [2], 312 pages; Contemporary half plum-colored diced calf (or roan leather) , over pattern-printed boards, flat spine paneled with pairs of gilt rules, title lettered in gilt in the second panel. Plain endpapers moderately foxed, as are the first and last few leaves -- most of the text has only light scattered foxing and faint browning to a few leaves. Sixth revised edition of this important Prussian parmacopoea, first published in 1799. See Schelenz 728: [Schlelenz, Geschichte der Pharmazie -- "Gegenüber der editio quinta von 1829 erweitert, neu gegliedert (nämlich alphabetisch) und mit in Teilen neuen Benennungen] ; Adlung/Urdang 333. Apart from a brief introduction in German, signed by Friedrich Wilhelm [IV, King of Prussia] , the text is in Latin. Following a Prefatio and a single leaf m "Pondera" -- the main alphabetically organized text follows (pp. 1-270) . Next, there is a list of reagents ["Reagentia"] followed by four important tables: [Tabula A: Praeparata Indicans, Quae Pharmacopolae Emere Licet; Tabula B: Medicamenta Exhibens, Vulgo Venena Dicta, Quae In Locis Seclusis Asservanda Sunt; Tabula C: Medicamenta Sistens A Reliquis Separanda; and Tabula D: Exhibens Doses Medicamentorum Maximas Pro Adulto, Ultra Quas Medicus Pro Usu Interno Ne Praescribat Nisi Addito Signo. ] Next, a list of specific measures of liquid medications: [Pondera Specifica Medicamentorum Liquidorum, Quae In Revisionibus Officinarum Exploranda Sunt]. At the end are three useful comparative indices, [of ancient names with modern equivalents, alternate names for medications, and the German names and the page references in the main text: -- "Comparatio Nominum Antiquorum Et Nunc Usitatorum; Index Nominum Et Synonymorum Medicamentorum; and Index Nominum Germanicorum. "] This well-preserved copy has the tiny printed booklabel of Louis Dauber -- (a German-trained pharmacist who emigrated to Illinois and opened a pharmacy in 1853 in Mascoutah. The Dauber pharmacy is still in business, now in its fifth generation of Daubers. An interesting specimen of German emigration to the American midwest in the years immediately following the upheaval of 1848, and an important book in its field. Keywords Medicine Pharmacy Pharmacopoea Pharmacopoeia Drugs Chemistry Louis Dauber Mascoutah IL Germans in America Prussia Prussian Science; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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The World is at your Door, Anonymous
7 Anonymous The World is at your Door
Kansas City TWA - Trans World Airline 1946 Paperback Very Good Narrow 8vo 
A quadri-fold broadsheet, richly illustrated and printed in tones of red, tan, blue and black. Dated on the TWA copyright slug in the margin: "March, 1946." This handsomely designed sheet was issued to promote TWA's stunning proposal to offer a round-the-world air service. The routes already approved by the Civil Aeronautics Board are in depicted in bold red lines; the proposed routes to complete the circumnavigation service were added in dotted lines. After breaking Pan American World Airways' legal designation as the United States' sole international carrier, TWA began trans-Atlantic service in 1946 using DC-4s and the elegant new Lockheed Constellation (shown on the cover of this brochure); soon the firm's name was changed to The Trans World Airline. (Previously, the old TWA stood for "Transcontinental & Western Air" - a product of the first of the firm's many mergers. The more familiar name: "Trans World Airlines" with the final "s" dates from 1950). TWA flights reached Cairo in 1946, Bombay would follow in January 1947, Ceylon in February 1953, and Manila in January 1958... It was not until 1969 that TWA opened the trans-Pacific link to complete its round the world network which was forcast in this splendid brochure from 23 years earlier. Sadly, the round-the-world service from TWA lasted only until 1975. Very good condition, with a tiny pencil note adding two figures suggesting a trip of over 13,000 miles. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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8 Anonymous VELOX MANUAL [wrapper title]
NP (Nepera Division Eastman Kodak Co.) 1904 Revised Edition Paperback Near Fine 24mo 
24 pages; Publisher's grey stiff paper wrappers, two metal staples at the spine. A trade catalogue for the important VELOX line of photographic "developing-out" paper, from 1904. There is an advertising page at the end which will interest historians of the post card... Velox photographic paper, designed to be printed from negatives exposed through artificial life was the invention of Leo Baekeland. The inventor was born in Belgium in 1863, came to the U.S. with his wife, became a citizen, and invented Velox paper in 1893. Nepera, the company founded to make Velox and its developing chemicals, aroused the interest of Eastman Kodak, seeking to control the marked for every end of the market connected to photography. There is a story which was told in the NY 'Times" obituary of George Eastman which paints a dramatic picture of how Velox came to be under the Kodak umbrella. This tales recounts a sudden change of heart, in which George Eastman, after initially declining to purchase the Velox company for its asking price of $100,000, telephoned Baekeland with a request that he take the train up to Rochester to resume talks. Eastman, or so the story goes, when Baekeland walked into his office the next moring, immediately made an offer of one million dollars for Velox, "not a penny more." The truth is more complex. After much negociation, Nepera and Velox were sold to a group mostly owned by George Eastman, and were part of a combination (or trust) designed to give Eastman control of the photographic paper business... in America, at least. This edition of the Velox manual has the statement in green ink on the verso of the cover: "Revised Dec. 1st 1904." The ads in the back have the most interesting information, including prices of all the Velox papers (both Regular and "Special") and their chemicals. At the foot of one page, there is a reference to "Nepera Division / Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, N. Y. / Formerly Nepera Park." No other Kodak statements appear (unless one squints at the photograph of a box containing a bottle of Velox Liquid Developer, where the above information is repeated, next to the familiar Velox monogram-logo). But the crucial detail for this edition is page 22, entirely devoted to an ad for VELOX POST CARDS / Velvet or Special Portrait Surface. / "A New Field of Photographic Enjoyment." Post cards were developed initially in Europe. Images of various sorts quickly came to dominate the commercial sales of post cards, and photographic images were used in the U.S. for the new format, as early as the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. But the initial postal regulations demanded that one entirely plain surface of each card be devoted exclusively to the name and address of the recipient. Any message the sender cared to add to the card had to be written on the "image side." But postal authorities in England and Europe in 1903 began allowing a division of the address side of the card, with a message on the left half and the address confined to the right half. Eastman and his paper trust were among the most effective of the forces lobbying American postal authorities to join in this revolution in post card regulations, which would make the image ever so much more important and impactful. In this 1904 ad, the proprietors are clearly introducing the product to their clients for photographic papers. The wording makes it clear that it was deemed necessary to explain the concept: "You can print on these sensitized cards from / your own negatives, and send them through / the mails to your friends. / The surface is suitable for writing upon. / UNIQUE -- INTERESTING." A dozen cards, ready print out as photographic post cards were priced at 20 cents. A gross was available for $2.00. The explosion would come in 1907 when U.S. postal system allowed the new-fangled divided cards to be sent through the penny post, leaving the image undamaged by the temptation to write the message on its surface. This beautifully preserved copy of the late 1904 Velox Manual has the neatly written ink notation on the top margin of the cover -- "Latest" with initials and a date of 2/11/05. It has the printed identification of "Rousseau & Brown" (leading pharmacy in Woonsocket, Rhode Island) on the rear cover, in green ink to match the front cover. A scarce document of the incunabular period of the U.S. photographic post card. [P.S. Leo Baekeland took his share of Eastman's money, built a house, set up a lab, and, in 1907, came up with a new and interesting material -- an insoluble product of phenol and formaldehyde: polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride -- better known as "Bakelite" and thus began the age of plastics.] This 1904 edition of the Velox Manual is not in OCLC. [OCLC does cite one edition of the Velox Manual, in a single copy, at George Eastman House. This is 20 pp. and the publisher is attributed as "Nepara Chemical Company" so it probably is a few years earlier than our copy] 
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Workshop Manual, Hillman Minx Mark III, IV & V Saloon, Convertible, Coupe, Estate Car, Anonymous
9 Anonymous Workshop Manual, Hillman Minx Mark III, IV & V Saloon, Convertible, Coupe, Estate Car
Coventry, UK Hillman Motor Car Company 1952 Hardcover Good+ Square Small 4to 
Publisher's green-grey boards, backed with red cloth and lettered in black. A decent copy of the original edition of this shop manual, published as Rootes Group WSM 103. The text is clean and unmarked and tight in its binding. The folding charts and plates are undamaged, but the thin paper stock for these is somewhat toned. The large folding plate at rear is fine. Marks to the endpapers, minor cover soil. And, although this copy is tight and unmarked by the usual marks from greasy and desparate fingers, there is some unpleasant insect (?) damage to the sizing of the red cloth spine. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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Aerial Circus (Two leaf brochures with a large photographic image of Oakland Bay Bridge under construction), Associated Oil Company
10 Associated Oil Company Aerial Circus (Two leaf brochures with a large photographic image of Oakland Bay Bridge under construction)
San Francisco Associated Oil Company 1934 First Edition Paperback Very Good Oblong 4to 
Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge Construction Brochures ; Vol. 8; No. 8 of a collection of brochures with printed photographic images marking the step-by-step construction of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridges. OCLC: 794190814 (citing only 3 libraries with entries). The two-leaf brochures are printed on laid paper with the watermark from B.D. Rising Paper Company of Housatonlc, Massachusetts. The gravure photographic image measures 24 cm x 18.75cm (full brochure leaf measures 30.5cm x 23.5cm) This is no. 8. Aerial Circus. 
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Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge Construction Brochures  (Eight brochures, each with a large photographic image), Associated Oil Company
11 Associated Oil Company Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge Construction Brochures (Eight brochures, each with a large photographic image)
San Francisco Associated Oil Company 1934 First Edition Paperback Very Good- Oblong 4to 
Collection of brochures with printed photographic images marking the step-by-step construction of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridges. OCLC: 794190814 (citing only 3 libraries with entries). The two-leaf brochures are printed on laid paper with the watermark "U.S.A. -- Rising Red" of B.D. Rising Paper Company of Housatonlc, Massachusetts. The gravure photographic images measure 24 cm x 18.75cm (full brochure leaf measures 30.5cm x 23.5cm) Of the original twelve brochures, eight are offerred here are: no. 1. Challenge; no. 3. Ayala's Return; no. 5. Colossus of the Pacific. Golden Gate Bridge; no. 6. Impossible; no. 7. Soon We'll Look Down; no. 8. Aerial Circus; no. 9. The Forgotten Span; no. 11. Hoisting a Skyline. All but No. 3 Ayala's Return are in Very Good condition - clean and complete. No. 3 has a two inch closed tear at the lower edge of both leaves (amenable to repair). Brochure no. 9 The Forgotten Span has a stamp from the Western Pacific Railroad Company in the margin. Lacking are the following four brochures: no. 2. Proclamation; no. 4. The march of steel; no. 10. Streets in the sky; no. 12. Modern miracle. Joseph B. Strauss was chief engineer in charge of overall design and construction of the bridge project, but with his limited experience with cable-suspension designs, much of the engineering and architecture was accomplished by other experts. The final suspension design was conceived and championed by New York’s Manhattan Bridge designer Leon Moisseiff. Irving Morrow, a relatively unknown residential architect, designed the overall shape of the bridge towers, the lighting scheme, and Art Deco elements, such as the tower decorations, streetlights, railing, and walkways. The famous International Orange color was originally used as a sealant for the bridge. Senior engineer Charles Alton Ellis, collaborating remotely with Moisseiff, was the principal engineer of the project.Construction began on January 5, 1933 and the construction project was carried out by the McClintic-Marshall Construction Co., a subsidiary of Bethlehem Steel Corporation. Strauss remained head of the project, overseeing day-to-day construction and making some groundbreaking contributions. The project was finished and the bridge opened May 27, 1937. 
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Soon We'll Look Down (Two leaf brochures with a large photographic image of Golden Gate Bridge under construction), Associated Oil Company
12 Associated Oil Company Soon We'll Look Down (Two leaf brochures with a large photographic image of Golden Gate Bridge under construction)
San Francisco Associated Oil Company 1934 First Edition Paperback Very Good Oblong 4to 
Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge Construction Brochures ; Vol. 7; No. 7 of a collection of brochures with printed photographic images marking the step-by-step construction of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridges. OCLC: 794190814 (citing only 3 libraries with entries). The two-leaf brochures are printed on laid paper with the watermark from B.D. Rising Paper Company of Housatonlc, Massachusetts. The gravure photographic image measures 24 cm x 18.75cm (full brochure leaf measures 30.5cm x 23.5cm) This is no. 7. Soon We'll Look Down. 
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THE RAILROAD STORY - Science, Research, and Railroad Progress, Association of American Railroads
13 Association of American Railroads THE RAILROAD STORY - Science, Research, and Railroad Progress
Washington, DC Association of American Railroads 1959 First Edition Paperback Near Fine 4to 
31 pages. Profusely illustrated with photographs and drawings. History of railroads, technological innovations, etc. Wonderful historic photographs. Clean, nice, no tears, no marks. OCLC: 21710039 ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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Etude sur les divers becs employés pour l'éclairage au gaz  et recherches des conditions les meilleures pour sa combustion, Audouin, Paul &  Paul Bérard
14 Audouin, Paul & Paul Bérard Etude sur les divers becs employés pour l'éclairage au gaz et recherches des conditions les meilleures pour sa combustion
Paris Mallet-Bachelier 1862 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Good 8vo 
75 & 2 folding pl pages; A much-used copy, with the bookplate of the Scientific Library of the United States Patent Office, for whom this was once bound in half leather over marbled boards. The front cover has a crude repair along the gutter margin with fabric, and this repair also forms the repaired inner hinge; the backstrip is missing - revealing just plain paper backing at the spine, and the rear board is now missing. The title page is crowded with the Patent Office's perforated stamp, and its oval accession stamp in blue ink and another in blind. The large letters "CANCELLED" are rubbed stamped above all these marks, (and there is the red ink- Surplus-Duplicate stamp of the Library of Congress on the front free-endpaper. Two folding engraved plates following the end of the text, depicting multiple images. This now-scarce treatise on gas lighting was originally published as a journal extract, as stated on the title page: "Extrait des "Annales de chimie et de physique", 3e série, t. LXV." See OCLC Number: 30929303 [showing only the Library of Congress copy in the Americas, and 5 others in France (but three of the five appear to be at the same Institution). An alternate OCLC number adds just one additional location, in Spain [Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Biblioteca]. The Bibliotheque Francaise has a copy of the second edition of this text, published in Paris : au bureau du journal "Le Gaz, 1878. Not a handsome copy, but textually complete and rare. 
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THE WORKS OF FRANCIS BACON, LORD CHANCELLOR OF ENGLAND in 16 Volumes Complete, A New Edition, Bacon, Francis; Basil Montagu
15 Bacon, Francis; Basil Montagu THE WORKS OF FRANCIS BACON, LORD CHANCELLOR OF ENGLAND in 16 Volumes Complete, A New Edition
London William Pickering 1825 New Edition Leather Bound Very Good+ 8vo 
Sixteen Volumes bound as 17 (Volume 16 bound in two parts), published consecutively from 1825 to 1834. Tan half calf over marbled boards with red and black title labels at spines with gilt lettering and extensive gilt tooling at spines; marbled endpapers. Bindings in very nice condition with some light rubbing. Volume 3 has some wear at head of spine, still quite attractive (see images); Volume 16, II has a scrape to leather on rear board. Engraved portrait frontispiece and facsimile letter in Volume 1; folding plan of 'Advancement of Learning' in Volume 2; engraved frontispiece portrait of Bacon in Volume 4; engraved frontispiece of St. Michael's Church in Volume 5; Engraved frontispiece of Monument to Lord Bacon in Volume 6; Frontispiece in Volume 7 has three images of Gorhameury; frontispiece in Volume 8; frontispiece facsimile letter in Volume 9. Volumes 1-3 and Volumes 9-11 were printed by "Thomas White, Printer,/Johnson's Court;" Volumes 4 - 8 printed by "Thomas White, Printer,/ Crane Court;" Volumes 12-16 printed by "C. Whittingham, Tooks Court/ Chancery Lane". Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St. Alban (1561 – 1626) was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist and author. He served both as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England. After he left the political arena, he remained extremely influential through his writings, particularly his work on natural philosophy and the scientifi. Bacon has been called the creator of empiricism; introducing and popularising inductive methodologies for scientific inquiry. Additional shipping charge for this heavy multi-volume set. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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Beiträge zur Kenntnis des Sulfitzellstoff-Verfahrens, Bergson, Carl Rud[olf].
16 Bergson, Carl Rud[olf]. Beiträge zur Kenntnis des Sulfitzellstoff-Verfahrens
Biberach an der Riss [Germany] Güntter-Staib Verlag 1937 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 8vo 
viii & 61 pages; Publisher's tan cloth, front cover and spine lettered in white (in Roman letters). A clean copy. There is a typewritten slip mounted with clear tape to the front free endpaper: "This Book is Evidence in the Case Entitled / Rudolf Weiler, WAS / ESPIONAGE* G / BUREAU FILE 100-41401 / Do not damage or destroy." The same free endpaper is signed "Rudolf Weiler" in ink at the head. Also stamped across this leaf, partially affecting the typewritten slip is the red ink Library of Congress Surplus-Duplicate stamp. [Printed books and pamphlets from various Government properties and agencies was routed through the Library of Congress for de-accessioning. We cannot explain why this standard volume on the sulfite process for turning wood into pulp for papermaking might have been evidence in an espionage case. The chemical sulfite process was relatively mature technology, having been commercially developed in Sweden back in the 1890's. As it happened, an alternate process, the Kraft process would largely supercede the sulfite process for commercial purposes. Text in German, several photographic illustrations in b/w halftones. 
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ANALYSES COMPARATIVES DES CENDRES D'Un Grand Nombre De Végétaux Suivies De L'Analyse De Différentes Terres Végétales, Berthier, M. P
17 Berthier, M. P ANALYSES COMPARATIVES DES CENDRES D'Un Grand Nombre De Végétaux Suivies De L'Analyse De Différentes Terres Végétales
Paris Bouchard-Huzard 1854 Hardcover Very Good+ 8vo 
131 pages; Extrait des Mémoires de la Société impériale et centrale d'agriculture, Chimie Agricole. Quarter calf over marbled boards, marbled endpapers. Raised bands with gilt lettering and accent lines. LC release stamp on first blank. Leather lightly rubbed at head & tail of spine. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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Engine Room Operation for 15800 Ton Displacement with Clean Bottom, Bethlehem Steel Co.
18 Bethlehem Steel Co. Engine Room Operation for 15800 Ton Displacement with Clean Bottom
Quincy Bethlehem Steel Co. 1940 Paperback Very Good 8vo 
CA 68-75; 4, 2 pages; Clean and secure in original stapled printed wrappers. Handbook for engine operation of a 15800 ton displacement engine. Four pages and two larger folding tables with guidelines for operational settings for the turbine. Date is a guess as none is printed in this item. 
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A THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL ARITHMETIC ... Enlarged, and adapted to the use of Young Traders, Bankers, &c. by F. Payrard, Bezout, Etienne
19 Bezout, Etienne A THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL ARITHMETIC ... Enlarged, and adapted to the use of Young Traders, Bankers, &c. by F. Payrard
New York Samuel S. Wood 1825 First American Edition Hardcover Very Good- 8vo 
236 pages; Translated from the French, improved and adapted to the currency of the United States by Noble Heath. Quarter black leather over grey-green boards. Old pencil notes on endpapers, former owner's names, light rubbing. Mathematician Etienne Bezout (1739-1783) spent many years as a teacher and examiner of young naval officers; his published works include practical handbooks on the elementary mechanics and mathematics necessary for ballistics or navigation as well as more theoretical works of pure algebra and the theory of equations. This work was adapted by Peyrard for the use of stock traders & brokers. It presents the fundamentals of arithmetic with occasional examples relevant to investing. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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FLORA ACONIENSIS  sue Plantarum in Novariensi Provincia sponte nascentium descriptio., Biroli, Joanne ; ( Novariensi )
20 Biroli, Joanne ; ( Novariensi ) FLORA ACONIENSIS sue Plantarum in Novariensi Provincia sponte nascentium descriptio.
Typographia Viglevanensi 1808 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 8vo 
xxiv, 218; 261 pages; Quarter calf over marbled boards. Two volumes bound as one. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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